According to new data presented by Stockapps.com, 66% of businesses were hit by ransomware in 2021. This marked a 78% increase from 2020s figures that stood at 37%.
From the analysis, the increase in the ransomware-as-a-service model increases the reach of ransomware. It lowers the skill level required to conduct an assault, thus, explaining the 78 percent increase in organizations reporting attacks. In 65 percent of attacks, adversaries effectively encrypt data, up from 54 percent in 2020.
Stockapps financial expert Edith Reads pointed this out, “With practically everything available as-a-service, it has become increasingly easy for attackers to execute ransomware in recent times. Second, many cyber insurance companies have begun to cover a wide range of ransomware recovery costs, including the ransom, likely leading to ever-increasing extortion demands.”
The analyst pointed out that cyber insurance is becoming hard to obtain for most institutions.
She went ahead, “However, the findings suggest that cyber insurance is becoming more difficult to obtain and that ransomware victims may be less willing or able to pay exorbitant ransoms in the future. Unfortunately, this will not lessen the overall danger of a ransomware attack. Because ransomware attacks do not require as many resources as other, more hand-crafted cyber attacks, any profit is a profit worth seizing, and hackers will tend to pick the low-hanging fruit.”
HACKERS ARE FEELING THAT BIDEN INFLATION
The average ransom payment has climbed significantly over the last year, according to 965 respondents whose organizations paid the ransom. The proportion of victims paying ransoms of $1 million or more has nearly tripled in the last year, rising from 4% in 2020 to 11% in 2021. Simultaneously, those paying less than $10,000 fell from one in three (34%) in 2020 to one in five (21%) in 2021.
In 98 percent of incidents where victims had insurance, cyber insurance reimbursed all or part of the cost of the attack. This made it easy for them to get back on their feet. However, some respondents felt the strike harmed their institution’s capacity to run, as the cost of recovery was high.
However, the report didn’t contain all bad news, as it noted that institutions are adapting and improving their response to ransomware attacks. Nearly all targeted firms, 99 percent, can now recover part of their data, up from 96 percent previously. Backups were employed by nearly three-quarters of respondents (73%) and were the most common technique for recovering data.